TV July 15-17: Never Have I Ever, Leverage: Redemption, The Wine Show, Beastars, Icon: Music Through the Lens, The Aliens, Making the Cut, Schmiggadoon, Naomi Osaka

Updated to remove Turner & Hooch, which — duh! — is not premiering until July 21. Apologies Disney+ fans.

Thursday July 15

Never Have I Ever (Season 2 premiere Netflix) “In Season 2 of the coming-of-age comedy Never Have I Ever, Indian American teenager Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) continues to deal with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships. Never Have I Ever is created by executive producer Mindy Kaling, with Lang Fisher serving as executive producer, showrunner and writer. The Universal Television project is also executive produced by 3 Arts Entertainment’s Howard Klein and David Miner.”

Leverage: Redemption (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET CTV Drama) “In this new iteration of the fan-favourite crime drama, LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION is set in a world, where it has become easier for the rich to become richer and the powerful to squash anyone who gets in their way. In this new iteration, the LEVERAGE crew—grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman, COUPLING), thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf, 68 WHISKEY), hitter Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane, ALMOST PARADISE), and hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge, CITY ON A HILL, One Night In Miami…) find new blood in Harry Wilson (Noah Wyle, THE LIBRARIANS, ER), a corporate lawyer who is looking for redemption, and Breanna Casey (Aleyse Shannon, Black Christmas), Hardison’s foster sister who has a knack for computers, robotics, and getting into trouble. LEVERAGE: REDEMPTION is executive produced Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin, and Rachel Olschan-Wilson from Electric Entertainment, and showrunner Kate Rorick. John Rogers and Chris Downey serve as consulting producers.”

The Wine Show (Sundance Now and Acorn) “Join award-winning actors and wine enthusiasts Matthew Rhys, Matthew Goode, James Purefoy and Dominic West in a journey around the globe to discover the history, culture and people of some of the most beautiful and fascinating places – all through the wonderful prism of wine – in the acclaimed lifestyle/travel series The Wine Show. Binge all three seasons of this visually entertaining, humorous and engaging series on Sundance Now and Acorn TV this summer (Season 1 July 15, Season 2 July 22, Season 3 July 29). During the course of this series, the actors, along with co-host Joe Fattorini, wine expert Amelia Singer, and many guest wine experts trek to vineyards and other breathtaking wine destinations throughout the world to sample some of the best locally-produced wines and uncover intriguing stories and more about this wonderful drink. For each of the three seasons, the hosts are based at a headquarters in different countries– Umbria in Italy (season 1); at a Provençal villa in the south of France (season 2) and Portugal’s Douro Valley (season 3).”

Beastars (animated series premiere Netflix) “In a world where beasts of all kinds coexist, a gentle wolf awakens to his own predatory urges as his school deals with a murder within its midst.”

Friday July 16

Icon: Music Through the Lens (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET PBS) “Featuring irreverent interviews with some of the most famous music photographers, musicians, gallerists, music journalists and social commentators, ICON: MUSIC THROUGH THE LENS is an eye-opening thrill ride that captures what it was like on both sides of the camera when the most recognizable images in history were taken. Via studio portraits, record sleeves, coffee table books, along with magazine photo shoots, fine art, and images taken at live shows and exhibitions, viewers will learn about the origins of these enduring, iconic images and the future of music photography. … Photographers interviewed include industry legends Jill Furmanovsky, Mick Rock, Danny Clinch, Michael Zagaris, Bruce Talamon, Kevin Westenberg, Terry O’Neill, Kevin Cummins, Bob Gruen, Rachael Wright, Deborah Feingold, Rankin, Laura Levine, Baron Wolman, Neal Preston, Janette Beckman, Roger Sargent, Pooneh Ghana, Christie Goodwin, Albert Watson and Lynn Goldsmith. Sharing eye-opening insights from a musician’s viewpoint are Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age), Ziggy Marley, Lars Ulrich, (Metallica), Brett Anderson (Suede), Alice Cooper, Craig David, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Zara Larsson, Stefflon Don, Sharleen Spiteri (Texas), Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers), Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), Julian Lennon and Dizzee Rascal.” Six episodes through Aug. 13.

The Aliens (series premiere CBC Gem) “features an all-star cast including Michael Socha (Papillon), Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You), Ashley Walters (Bullet Boy) and Michael Smiley (Kill List). The comedy-drama takes place in an imagined Britain where aliens have been living for the last 40 years. Even though the extraterrestrials have a human exterior and the same behavioural makeup, the community is compelled to live separately from humans. A wall segregates the human side and Troy, the ghetto inhabited by the aliens. Guarding the wall is a man named Lewis, who learns about his alien heritage and goes in search of the truth.”

 

Making the Cut (Season 2 premiere Amazon Prime Video) “The eight-episode fashion competition series hosted and executive produced by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, will feature these 10 designers competing for the ultimate prize of $1 million, placement in and a mentorship with Amazon Fashion’s store”

Schmiggadoon (premiere Apple TV+) “A parody of iconic Golden Age musicals, “Schmigadoon!” stars Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key as a couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship who discover a magical town living in a 1940s musical. They then learn that they can’t leave until they find “true love.” The six-episode season also stars Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada. Martin Short guest stars.”

Naomi Osaka (docuseries premiere Netflix) “This intimate three-part series takes us inside the life of one of the world’s best tennis players, Naomi Osaka. With unprecedented access, we follow Osaka during a historic two years in which she works on her game but also begins to find her voice. Whether she’s defending her grand slam titles —while wearing masks in defense of Black lives — mourning the unexpected loss of mentor Kobe Bryant, or finding her independence, the challenges Naomi faces on a personal level begin to align with those in the public sphere. Empathetic in its approach, the series chronicles Osaka’s hectic training and travel schedule, explores the layers of pressure she is under and reveals how she spends her time off the court hanging with her closest family and friends. The episodes also travel the globe with Osaka to further explore her Haitian roots as well as examine her deep connection to Japan, the country she represents. Viewers will witness Naomi’s unapologetic honesty and vulnerability as she navigates her multifaceted identity as a young athlete and leader on the rise.”

See you Sunday.

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